Climate change to top PM's agenda at G8

  • PTI, New Delhi
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  • Updated: Jun 06, 2007 05:41 IST
India will urge the annual meeting of the world's richest nations not to lose sight of the need for sharing responsibility, though in a differentiated manner, with developing countries on issues relating to climate change, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Wednesday.

The Prime Minister, who is on a four-day visit to attend a meeting of G-8 and five Outreach countries - Brazil, China, India, Mexico and South Africa, said more and not less development is the best way for developing countries to address themselves the issue of preserving the environment and protecting the climate.

"At the Summit, I will speak on issues related to climate change. I will emphasise the need not to lose sight of the fundamental and universally accepted principle of common but differentiated responsibility and respective capabilities between developed and developing world," Singh said.

"It is also the fact that more and not less development is the best way for developing countries to address themselves to the issue of preserving environment and protecting the climate," he said.

At the Summit, the Prime Minister said, he would have an opportunity to present India's viewpoint on global issues that have been identified by the G-8 for special focus including climate protection, energy saving and the conclusion of Doha Round of WTO talks.
"Our viewpoint, and the viewpoint of much of the developing world on these issues, is that while addressing them, due care must be taken not to allow growth and development prospects in the developing world to be undermined or constrained," Singh said.

On the sidelines of the Summit, the Prime Minister will have bilateral meetings with Chinese President Hu Jintao, German Chancellor Aagela Markel and leaders from Mexico, Nigeria as also UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon.

Singh will also attend a meeting of leaders of the five Outreach countries in Berlin on Thursday where leaders will discuss their position on global issues that were special relevance to the developing countries.

The Prime Minister said he looked forward to his visit to Germany.


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